The number of professional dance artists availing of the resources of the Firkin Crane over the last two years has increased to the extent that all practitioners in the area have allied themselves to the Firkin Crane in one way or another.
The following list is of some of the performers, creators and groups who work and play in this unique building.
- Armed Eye Film Company The Armed Eye Film Company is an independent film and theatre production company established in Carlow in 1998 by Ger Carey. The key aim of the company is to produce film, theatre and educational workshops independently.
Boomerang Production Company works with international, national and local artists to produce projects that stimulate creative conversation between artists in diverse communities all over the world.
Carlos Cortes engaged with local dancers and musicians as part of his continuous investigation into how movement can be a liberating force, and can help artists to engage with their physical environment, and how audience and performers can become equally involved in dynamics that change the way space is perceived and or inhabited.
- Catherine Young During her residency, Catherine was working with remnant, memories, pictures and sounds made of a round-the-world- trip in 2000: her external journey becoming an intense internal journey. In cross-cultural collaboration, Catherine and West-African dancer Lacina Coulibali explored contemporary African movement as part of her overall project.
- Chafia Brooks Chafia Brooks, with her colleagues from Phluxus Dance, was a beneficiary of the BLANK CANVAS 2009 residency programmy
Christina Goletti is co-founder of Legitimate Bodies Dance Company, with the freedom to explore, research, develop individual work processes under the BLANK CANVAS 2009 residency.
- Claire Hattie One of Cork's leading professional dancers has launched a unique Hip-Hop dance class for teenagers and adults, bringing a new, fun way to keep fit and learn the dance moves of the world's hottest hip-hop and R&B stars.
- Cork Circus This collective of innovative, experienced and highly charged performers continually work to increase their skills and your enjoyment of street and circus spectacle.
- Cork City Ballet Based in the Firkin Crane since the day the building re-opened in 1992, Cork City Ballet engages dancers from international companies, as well as Ireland’s finest classical and contemporary dancers, to perform for audiences all over Ireland.
- Cork Dance Academy Cork Dance Academy is one of Irelands leading dance schools. Whether a toddler or a teenager, anyone looking for professional dance training or just a bit of fun, will find what they’re looking for.
Cork Dance Company
Director: Aruba Coghlan
Classes in Ballet, Tap and Modern Dance in the Firkin Crane, Shandon on Saturdays.
Classes also available in other studios during the week .
From 3 years to young adults
Private lessons in Ballroom Dancing.
Teacher training also available
- Cork School of Dance Cork's newest school of dance, based at the Firkin Crane, home of dance in Cork
- Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company In the integrated dance form, dancers with physical disabilities and able-bodied dancers work together in a contemporary dance style.
- CruX Dance Theatre Founded in 2000 by Jane Kellaghan, CruX is Cork’s leading contemporary dance group. It is the first such company in Cork to receive Arts Council funding for its artistic programme and a national tour.
- CSN Performing Arts - Dance The Colaiste Stiofain Naofa VEC course in Dance is the first step to a fascinating and rewarding career.
Dance ‘til You Drop
Fintan McDermott - one of the world's best social leads
- Dancing Thru the Ages Choreographed and directed by Celebrity Jigs ‘n’ Reels winner and former Riverdance lead Paula Goulding, the 10-strong dance troupe captivate and inspire with their intricate steps and sensational energy.
- Dezy Walls Who's Dezy - entertainer, motivator, singer, comedian, playwright, performer, piano man, "people magnet", ....
- Elaine Peace Dance to music from the 20’s through the 50’s to modern day Swing
Fearghus Ó Conchúir
Fearghus Ó Conchúir is an independent choreographer who's recent creative preoccupation has been the relationship of bodies to buildings, particularly in the context of urban regeneration. His research and performances have brought him from Ireland to the USA and China.
His work ranges from film to site-specific performance and he has made a reputation for himself bringing dance to unusual locations. His RTÉ Dance on the Box film, Match, directed by Dearbhla Walsh, provoked radio talk-show interest for its use of Croke Park for the muscular male duet. He has danced on the building site of the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing, made a public art commission for Fingal County Council set in the area’s Martello Towers and organised a day of dance in an empty Woolworths in East London.
Read more on http://www.bodiesandbuildings.blogspot.com.
- Fidget Feet Fidget Feet is a pioneering performance company that leaps over the boundaries between a number of different artforms, combining aerial skills, theatre, dance, music and video art.
- Gaiety School of Acting Founded in 1986 by internationally-renowned Theatre Director Joe Dowling, The Gaiety School of Acting is now widely regarded as the country’s premier training facility for actors.
A combination of traditional East African acrobatics mixed with modern European styles - specialising in limbo dancing as you have never seen it before! Guaranteed to entertain young and old!
- Inma Moya Pavon In today’s world we are bombarded with images reflecting the ever-changing nature of modern life. Inma explored ways in which these visions influence her process of choreography during her residency at The Firkin Crane under the rubric of Blank Canvas.
- Iseli-Chiodi Dance Company Choreographer/dancers Jazmin Choidi from Argentina and Alexandre Iseli from Switzerland have been awarded a BLANK CANVAS residency for Phase 1 2010. Mentoring their process is filmmaker Catalina Fernandez from Colombia
- Jimmy Crowley No-one sounds like Jimmy, and few can match him for sheer joy, humour and the storytelling craft which he brings to his repertoire of songs. He draws on many traditions to fashion his unique performance style and repertoire, with funny, touching and raucous tales, presenting them as essential affirmations of Cork Culture.
- Juliette Jones Juliette has been an Irish dancer for 14 years, with the emphasis on performing. She performs at shows, conferences, weddings, etc. throughout Ireland and has toured extensively abroad, most recently in Sofia, Bulgaria and Disneyland Paris.
During Laura’s Blank Canvas residency at the Firkin Crane, she was re-examining, researching and developing current choreographic practice through the technique of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and more specifically looking at the use of rhythms & dynamics within everyday movements in choreography. She also re-developed two solo dance works to meet as a duet, examining the concept of collaboration through the use of LMA.
Legitimate Bodies Dance Company
Legitimate Bodies Dance Company, is one of the most thrilling new dance initiatives in Ireland.
- Liz Lea During her Blank Canvas residency, Liz will be working on a new solo work inspired by the Ajanta Caves in India and her research into the early dance pioneers, Anna Pavlova and Ruth St Denis. Liz is currently an Associate Director at QL2, Centre for Youth Dance in Canberra, Australia.
- Louis Stewart Group Louis is undoubtedly one of Europe's finest jazz guitarists and teams up with a team of talented jazzmen, all determined to show what they can do with an outstanding repertoire of jazz classics. Essential!
- Louise Devoy 087 697 4257
- Maeve Higgins Maeve Higgins is a firebrand. Well, more like a sparkler. She is controversial and doesn't care who gets hurt. Except that she does really.
- Mairead Vaughan Mairead Vaughan is a choreographer, dancer and dance/yoga teacher and is artistic director of Shakram Dance Company.
- Matthew Morris In residence under Blank Canvas 2009 Matthew Morris will develope his own working project and hold two fantastic professional dance classes.
Melissa Baker, director and founder of MoVe;
"I have worked in the professional theatre since 1985. I hold a BFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, and an MFA from the University of California, Davis. Besides excellent classical theatre training at New York University, I especially loved my training in the Experimental Theatre Wing in Paris in the early 90's. I worked with Comedia mask masters from the 'Theatre du Soleil', Ariane, Mnouchkine. I was really into movement/contemporary dance at the time (without being a dancer) and was lucky to be working with some top experimenters in that category (doing cross-disciplinary theatre/dance work), Wendall Beavers, for one."
MoVe Trans Theatre
Melissa Baker, Artistic Director
086 364 3851
contemporary dance company based in Mexico
- Nerida Matthaie Nerida Matthaie, with her colleagues from Phluxus Dance, was a beneficiary of the BLANK CANVAS 2009 residency programmy
Nick Bryson is co-founder of Legitimate Bodies Dance Company, with the freedom to explore, research, develop individual work processes under the BLANK CANVAS 2009 residency.
- No Frontiers No Frontiers facilitates the integration of numerous nationalities and promotes anti-discrimination, using dance and performance, merging numerous styles and techniques, within Cork’s ever-growing multicultural community
Pappy’s Fun Club
2008 CHORTLE AWARD WINNERS (Best Sketch, Character or Variety Act)
2007 IF.COM AWARD nominees
“EXTRAORDINARILLY FRESH AND FUNNY… GLORIOUS STUFF." Times
- Performers’ Academy Irene Warren
- Phluxus Dance Collective Phluxus Dance Collective are three independent dance artists based in Brisbane. Nerida Matthaei, Chafia Brookes and Skye Sewell founded Phluxus in mid 2006 with an aim to create fresh, passionate and inspired art.
- Ruth Fleischmann Ruth has written a number of articles on Joan Denise Moriarty and edited Joan Denise Moriarty: Ireland’s First Lady of Dance which will be launched on Wednesday 21st March 2012
- Sinead Murphy Sinead Murphy is Principal of the Cork School of Dance
- Skye Sewell Skye Sewell, with her colleagues from Phluxus Dance, was a beneficiary of the BLANK CANVAS 2009 residency programmy
- Stacey Printz Stacey Printz, artistic director and choreographer of Printz Dance Project, takes a fresh approach to blending movement styles, seamlessly unifying intense athleticism with fluid articulation. PDP have performed and toured throughout the US and Europe, in addition to their annual home season at the Cowell Theatre in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. In 2007 they undertook a short tour in Ireland, performing to hugely enthusiastic audiences in Cork and Galway and West Kerry.
- Tania Soubry & Geraldine Vessiere Choreographer/dancer Tania Soubry from Luxembourg and Filmmaker Geraldine Vessiere from France, have been awarded a BLANK CANVAS residency for Phase 1 of 2010 with Choreographer Jane Kellaghan in the role of Mentor.
- Theatre Makers Theatre Makers, founded by Jack Healy
- Three Line Whip Georgie Fame is a master of music and song. His Three Line Whip is a family affair, featuring sons Tristan and James.
- Tonynho dos Santos Tonynho’s playing is more than magical music it is musical magic. He creates intricate rhythms and innovative phrases on a mind blowing variety of instruments including his cheeks.
- Unity Drums African drumming circle and workshops led by Raj Padam
Ursula is interested in combining her knowledge of movement and spiritual work.
During her residency on Blank Canvas at the Firkin Crane she was using the opportunity to investigate the ‘subtle energies and awareness’ as one moves, releasing tensions and stress in the body while grounding the mind.
- Yasmina Yasmina has toured with U2 on the Zooropa tour in 1993, performing live for the hit "She Moves in Mysterious Ways". She has danced for the legendary Greek singer Demis Roussos in London's famous Albert Hall. and has performed with bands such as Kila and The Pale.